The Weight, the Time, the Body, the Moon and Love...Wow! (2006)
Extracts from a conversation between Ernesto Neto and Stina Edblom, curator at Göteborgs Konsthall and co-curator of Pandemonium Art in a Time of Creativity Fever.
Stina Edblom I wonder if you can tell me something about the title of this work. It is a very elaborate and interesting titel; The Weight, the Time, the Body, the Moon and Love...Wow!
Ernesto Neto I believe the Weight is what everything is about. At the end of the day we are installing a body of weight. Lifting it up is very emotional. You pull the rope and everything stretches and stretches, and it looks like it is not going to go up, and then suddenly it comes off the ground. It gives you a kind of unstable emotion. It is very dramatic as we are working with a very fragile textile so it always gives you a feeling that everything can explode.
The Time and the Body, in my work and in my thinking, is about life itself. We have a time and a body in life. We can fill this body with culture, we can fill it with pleasure, or with work or whatever, but you only have this time and this body and one day it is going to pass away. When you lift this piece up you have a situation that is based on time, related to the gravity as the piece is suspended. If these conditions change, the piece is going to change in itself, fall down, something is going to happen, but the gravity will remain. The Moon. In this case it is a place of fantasy. Something that is outside of us but always surrounding us. It hides itself, comes back again, it has its seasons, it is very mysterious, but it is also very reliable. It will always be there. It is like the gravity, it is a pain, you want to fly but you can’t. It keeps things stable, it keeps things on the ground. It is something that you can trust. All these pieces are about relationships. You have the textile and you have the styrofoam, they have an interaction. Then you lift them, and then they have a different interaction from when they are on the ground. Then they have an interaction to the different parts of the work as well as with the architecture of the building, the shell.
Love is a kind of relationship. Love is sometimes a fantasy, but is also an energy, a kind of human energy that glues and holds things together. In this piece, everything is held together almost as in a dance, like a carousel.
I believe that when you make a sentence like »The Weight, the Time, the Body, the Moon and the Love...Wow!« this »wow« comes because you are trying to keep together so many elements, and that is the dramaticity of this piece.
Biography Born 1964 in Brazil, lives and works in Brazil Ernesto Neto received his education in Rio de Janeiro at Escola de Artes Visuais Pargua Lage and Museu de Arte Moderna. His installations include: anthropodino, Park Avenue Armory, New York 2009; Edges of the World, Hayward Gallery, London, 2009; and Léviathan Thot, le Panthéon, Paris, 2006.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler